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University of Caen-Lower Normandy
Caen, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Summer 1,
Summer 2
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay, University Residence Pre-Requisites: Sophomore status
Program Sponsor: UND Sponsored
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Program Description:
University of Caen

| About
The University of Caen exchange program allows students to study French as a foreign language through the languages department. The program is ideal for students desiring to improve their French regardless of their current level. Although the program is specific for non-native French speakers, students have the opportunity to engage with the community through the city of Caen's French family program. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the culture and history of France, as well as meet and develop relationships with other students from around the globe.

| Location

The city of Caen is the capital of the Bassie Normandie region, and was founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. The Normandy region has a long rich history for students to explore. The region was a significant battle ground during WWII and much of the city of Caen was destroyed in 1944. Over the next two decades the city was rebuilt, and now visitors can explore the WWII historical sites, discover the beaches of Normandy, explore famous monuments, view picturesque sites, and enjoy the scenery that inspired great artists like Monet. Caen is located about two hours from Paris.

| Academics

Students participate in an intensive French language program working towards the University Diplomas of French Studies (DUEF) for the A1-C2 levels. The program utilizes themes and objects from culture and language lessons to develop oral and written skills. In addition students can also choose to enroll in preparatory courses for the DELF or DALF exams.

| Housing

UND students on exchange at the University of Caen are eligible for accommodations in the furnished rooms at the University residences. Students typically have an individual room with a sink, and a community bath is on each floor.

| Student Stories

View Kelli Bren's blog. She studied at the University de Caen Bassee-Normandie during the spring 2010 semester.

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4
Academics: 1 2 3 4
Housing: 1 2 3 4
Host Country Staff: 1 2 3 4
Safety: 1 2 3 4 5
Social Life: 1 2 3 4 5
Food: 1 2 3 4
Easy to live within my budget: 1 2 3 4
Program Reviews:
Fall 2013 Participant
This is a very good program to learn French in. I recommend getting a host family, because if not, it is very hard to get involved with French culture and you are also surrounded by English speakers. France it's not a very organized country and it is important to know thatand also that the weather in Normandy is dreary. However, it is certainly an incredible way to learn the French language.
Summer 2015 Participant
I found it hard to live within the food budget. Especially because the kitchen closed for evening meals for the last 3 weeks so we had to grocery shop or eat out but there wasn't anything to cook with so it was hard to buy groceries because you would then need to buy all the cooking utensils as well which is just an added expense for something I would be throwing away at the end of the term and eating out averaged about 15-20 euro for lunch or dinner. So I would eat at school for lunch and then breakfast I'd have something easy like yogurt and fruit it was just weekends and evenings that were difficult to stay on budget. I know before going on Study Abroad many people argued with me that I wouldn't need much and you could gets meals cheaper than 15 euro...even McDonalds was close to 15 euro a meal. You could get Kabab's for about 12 but lord knows thats not necessarily a healthy option. That's about my only complaint..the rest of the time was great the way they conducted the program was very helpful for me to learn the language and the teachers and staff were all very kind and helpful.
Dates / Deadlines:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.